Recording the highest drop in the number of immigrants with high-tech jobs under the H1B visa program, the US recorded a 9% reduction as per the US Department of Labor. Here are some of the facts revealed in this regard.
- In the fiscal year ending September 2021, there was a fall of 12.6% in foreign mathematics and engineering workers compared to 2020.
- The major reason for a drastic fall instead of a traditional growth in this segment is attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The fall in the number of H1B visa holders in all job categories combined in 2021 was 9% compared to the fiscal year 2020 and 17% compared to 2019.
- The reasons for the big fall have been the travel bans imposed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the inability of non-immigrants to obtain their approved H1B visas and arrive in the US.
- Another big factor was former US President Donald Trump’s ban on the entry of visa holders of certain types including H1B. This was seen in the beginning period of the COVID-19 crisis in the USA.
- Closure of US embassies in many parts of the world resulted in a temporary suspension of activities followed by a slowdown in the processing of visas including the H1B visa.
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